Thursday 16 August 2018

Tiernan O'Halloran not heading to Munster after he signs new two-year contract extension with Connacht

Tiernan O'Halloran
Tiernan O'Halloran
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Tiernan O'Halloran will not be replacing Simon Zebo at Munster after signing a new two-year contract with Connacht.

The 26-year-old Clifden native is a key member of Kieran Keane's squad and has made over 130 appearances for the province since his debut in 2009.

He had been mooted as a possible replacement for Zebo at Thomond Park with Munster prioritising the capture of a new full-back ahead of next season but will remain at the Sportsground until the summer of 2020.

Commenting on the signing, Connacht Rugby CEO, Willie Ruane said: “We are delighted to announce that Tiernan O’Halloran has signed a contract extension to take him up to the end of the 2019/20 season.

"Tiernan is a Connacht man who has graduated through the club game, into our academy and on to wear the Green jersey of Connacht and Ireland. He is an example of what our Grassroots to Green Shirts Vision represents. He has been an outstanding player for us over the past few seasons and will no doubt be a central figure for us as we target further success in the seasons ahead”.

Commenting on his contract extension, Tiernan O’Halloran added: “I am a proud Connacht man and am delighted to be extending my contract with my home province for a further two years. The current squad is an ambitious group and we are determined to bring further success to Connacht. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Connacht supporters who have been loyal to me and the entire team season after season.”

O'Halloran has also earned six Ireland caps in his career to date.

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